CUMBERLAND - It's Baseball, Beer, Apple Pie and Chevrolet Time on Thursday, March 28, from noon -10 p.m., as 1812 Brewery celebrates MLB Opening Day with a special event supporting the Dapper Dan Little League and the Lefty Grove Memorial Park in Lonaconing.

CUMBERLAND - It's Baseball, Beer, Apple Pie and Chevrolet Time on Thursday, March 28, from noon -10 p.m., as 1812 Brewery celebrates MLB Opening Day with a special event supporting the Dapper Dan Little League and the Lefty Grove Memorial Park in Lonaconing.
“This is our second year to celebrate the opening season of major league baseball and to support to great local causes,” commented Cory McCagh, owner and manager of 1812 Brewery.
“After all, baseball is America’s national pastime sport and Allegany County is home to arguably the finest left-handed pitcher in history – Lefty Grove.
“We will also be debuting our newest beer, Lefty’s 31, in honor of Lefty Grove.”
Lefty Grove, born and raised in Lonaconing, was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947. At the peak of his career, in 1931 and 1932, Lefty posted an incredible 87 percent winning percentage, and completed 80 percent of his games.
This is why renowned baseball historian Bill James rates Lefty Grove among the top two greatest pitchers in baseball history.
Today, less than 2 percent of games are complete games. It usually takes at least three pitchers to do what Lefty did by himself.
The Lonaconing Lefty Grove Memorial Park is scheduled to be dedicated on June 22.
Cumberland’s Dapper Dan Little League will be on site selling hot dogs, apple pie and Cracker Jacks. This will be the 70th year the Dapper Dan Club of Allegany County has facilitated Little League in Cumberland, with four different leagues serving children ages 4-12 years old. 
Baseball/softball training facility, the Wheelhouse Academy from Ft. Ashby, and former Major League pitcher Aaron Laffey will be at the brewery from 4-8 p.m.
The facility is equipped to train athletes to become better players through a combination of indoor tunnels, pitching lanes and instruction. Wheelhouse Academy is setting up a velocity radar gun that measures the speed of a pitch. Kids of all ages can throw some pitches and see their pitching speed.  
The Aaron Laffey Pitching Camp begins on March 30 and information will be available on the academy and its camp. For more information on Wheelhouse Academy, visit www.whbsacademy.com.
Weimer Chevrolet will be bringing out a 2019 Trail Boss and maybe another surprise vehicle or two.
There is a $5 cover charge for the event that will be donated to the Lefty Grove Park in Lonaconing. 1812 Brewery is Allegany County’s only farm brewery and is located at 13006 Mason Road NE, Cumberland, Maryland.  For more information on the brewery, visit www.1812brewery.com.